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Smarten Up Your Gardening With These Helpful Tips

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If you dream of having green, beautiful, and healthy plants in your very own garden, there are lots of things you should probably think about in order to achieve that goal. Garden can involve back-breaking labor, but it can also be very enjoyable. Following are a few tips that can make your gardening time more fun and less work.

Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.

To get the best results in your garden, you need to use a good quality soil. Depending on what kind of plants you want in your garden, the soil might or might not be adapted. It is also possible to set aside a portion of your garden to include just one type of soil.

Use cologne or other items with a distinct scent to keep your canine out of the landscaping. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.

Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.

When you boil vegetables, use the leftover water on your potted plants. You should also try using a bit of coffee grounds or tea to increase the acidity of the soil for your gardenias or your rhododendrons. A natural cure for plant fungus is chamomile tea. Sprinkle some on the plant, and see if it works.

Laying mulch is a wonderful way to keep your garden vibrant. Mulching also helps lessen water evaporation in your soil and it keeps the weeds away.

Plant a small fruit tree if you have a small garden. Most gardens, especially the ones in city lots, tend to be small, but there's always area for a small fruit tree. There is a three to five year delay before the tree bears fruit, but the fruit is full size. The best time to plant these trees is in the spring, but you need to water them religiously until they start to grow.

A gardener should carefully check to see that a plant is getting enough but not too much water. This is important, because your plants can develop root rot and die if they receive too much water, and if they receive too little water, they can dry out. Keep a close eye on how much moisture is in the soil, and always maintain an adequate level.

Choose a plant as a focal point. Any great garden design involves using a focal point to grab someone's attention and keep it there. Many times, it's just a plant that differs from the surrounding plants.

Mixing a variety of plants at different heights is how you can make a very interesting English garden. Using plants that all grow the same height result in a flat and uniform looking bed.

Make sure to lay the sod properly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.

With these tips, you're better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you'll also be growing as a person. That's because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.

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February 25th, 2013 at 2:58 am

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